May 2015, Issue 149


Alumni News

Berlin: Exchanging Experiences in the Alumni Network

Full of rich experiences and impressions, the Lange Nacht der Industrie took place in May in Berlin, where roughly twenty RWTH alumni from different disciplines participated, sharing the experience and networking among participants. A look at the factory for V6 motors from Daimler or a look behind the scenes of magnet company Bogen, the chemical company Bayer, BMW, or Continental... it was all enchanting, offering new realizations and knowledge as well as interesting professional contact.

Good Moods at the Alumni Get Together in Munich

In May, another RWTH alumni get together took place in Munich after a long break. Alumnae Marietta Cullinane and Stefanie Marek organized a tour of the KARE's new flagship furniture store, a former and newly renovated gas thermal station. The crowd puller in the south of Munich, the exclusive tour by the project coordinator and architect Markus Stenger, and the get together following the tour, attracted over 30 alumni. You can find both photos and a report about the meeting on the RWTH alumni blog and the RWTH website.

Sample Course at the 2015 Rector's Cup

As part of this year's tournament, we are offering a two-hour sample course with a putting competition to follow to alumni, who would like to try golfing. The course is on June 27 at 10am and costs 20 Euros per participant. Clubs and other necessary golf equipment will be provided. Comfortable athletic wear and sneakers are recommended. As always, the Rector's Cup and putting competition victors' ceremonies will take place during a dinner at the SuperC, Templergraben 57.



Alumni Spotlight

Franz Pischinger to Receive Aachen Engineering Award 2015

RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg and the Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, recently nominated the internationally recognized engine researcher and developer, Professor Franz Pischinger, as this year’s recipient of the Aachen Engineering Award. On September 11, Pischinger will be presented with the award in a celebration event in the Coronation Hall of Aachen City Hall. The former director of the Institute of Applied Thermodynamics and founder of FEV GmbH will be honored as an influential, high-profile personality in engineering. In 2014, the award was presented to Professor Berthold Leibinger of TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG, a pioneer in the field of laser technology.


Science & Business

Nominated International Charlemagne Prize Recipient at RWTH

Invited by the RWTHextern Citizens' Forum, the President of the European Parliament visited RWTH Aachen and talked in front of audience of about 1,500 students and citizens the morning of the International Charlemagne Prize award ceremony. Crisis in Ukraine, refugee policy, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP – the questions Martin Schulz answered in Hörsaal Fo1 of Kármán Auditorium couldn't have been more current. The International Charlemagne Award recipient showed his enthusiasm for the interested audience, which included many students.

Bioeconomy as an Alternative to Fossil Fuels?

Not only electricity and heat, but also products in our everyday life - from plastic bottles to car parts - are currently produced with sustainable raw materials. Agriculture and forestry produce the biomass necessary for this. But how can a bio-based economy provide the fundamentals provide the supply of raw materials and energy that is future-proof? The lecture Bioeconomy – A Sustainable Alternative to Fossil Fuels? will address these topics. The public is welcome to attend the event on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 6 to 8pm, at the RWTH Kármán Auditorium, Hörsaal Fo5, Eilfschornsteinstraße 15. The audience will have a chance to discuss with the speaker after the talk.

Double Contribution to Climate Protection

The cooperative project, named Dream Production, between the Catalytic Center Aachen or CAT, RWTH Aachen, RWE Power AG, and Bayer AG researches possibilities for the application of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural resource for the production of plastics and foams. While RWE Power AG delivers separated, highly purified CO2 from power plants, CAT tests the carbon dioxide for its compatability with the necessary catalyst. Bayer AG then uses it as a raw material to build polyols, from which the plastic polyurethane is formed, and then tests it in various applications. RWTH scientists research fundamental aspects of catalyst systems and review the entire process for its efficiency and carbon dioxide-reduction potential. The use of crude oil is avoided during production and the waste product, CO2 is used as a highly valuable natural resources – a double contribution to climate protection. the research was recently awarded honors and recognition by NRW Minister of Science Svenja Schulze.

Hope for Patients Suffering from Schizophrenia

Around 800,000 individuals in German suffer from schizophrenia. The disorder, however, is not as well-researched as depression and dementia. The new large-scale research project APIC – Antipsychotic-Induced Structural and Functional Changes in the Brain,“ launched by the JARA-BRAIN research alliance, seeks to address this desideratum in research.

TRA VISIONS 2016 - Innovative Transport and Mobility Concepts Wanted

More and more people and goods are moving around the world in constantly shorter timeframes. This makes innovative transport solutions an important necessity. The European project TRA VISIONS 2016 invites students and senior researchers from all over Europe to enter their ideas of all kinds concerning these and other questions to the competition. The deadline for a first short abstract for students is June 30, 2015. Following, the participants are requested to develop and submit their full idea by September 30, 2015. You can find more information in the RWTH Aachen Institute of Automotive Engineering's press release.


Continued Education & Career

Sensor Technology in the Raw Materials Industry

The not-for-profit Ulrich Thiele Stiftung, a foundation established by the entrepreneur Ulrich Thiele from Iserlohn, has decided to provide funding for an endowed professorship at RWTH's Division of Mineral Resources and Raw Materials Engineering.

The new professorship will focus on “Sensor Technology in the Raw Materials Industry,” a field of research that complements the strategic plan developed by the Department for Mining and Metallurgical Machinery IMR, the Department of Processing and Recycling IAR, and the Unit of Mineral Processing AMR.

Offers from RWTH International Academy:

Start of the New RWTH Continuing Education Platform

RWTH offers not only excellent teaching but also extraoccupational continuing education. Formats such as Master's courses of study, certificate courses, seminars, and conferences allow interested individuals from business, industry, and research, to use the modern, academic continuing education in different fields at RWTH Aachen. A newly developed online platform with a corresponding design and intuitive user experiences bundles the diverse offers.

Find out more at
and in the RWTH International Academy press release



Award for PRiME

RWTH Project, PRiME, has been awarded the stamp of excellence by the Deutscher Bildungspreis in the innovation category along with two other projects. PRiME has been under development since 2013 at the Computer Science 9 Teaching and Research Area, Learning Technologies, under the direction of Professor Dr.-Ing. Ulrik Schroeder, and in collaboration with Deutsche Bahn AG. The goal is to create a mobile, individually accessible and shapeable information and continued education service for employees in operative use.

1st RWTH Motor Day

RWTH Aachen University and innovative developments in mobility are unseparable. With this in mind, the 1st RWTH Motor Day, which includes a classic cars rally, is being held on June 20, 2015, in front of the Main Building and SuperC. The nomination deadline for the rally is June 15, 2015.



June 4 to 7, 2015: 2015 German University Badminton Championship in Aachen

June 8, 2015: Engine Technology Seminar: "Future Requirements for Utility Vehicle Enginess and Derivation of Suitable Technologies“; Guest lecture by Dr.-Ing. Michael Houben, Head of Division EPB - Business and Technical Matters, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Nürnberg; 6pm, KármánAuditorium, Fo 5, Eilfschornsteinstraße 15

June 9 to 11, 2015: 22nd Aachen ERT Days – Industry 4.0 & Digitaly Processed Order Transaction

June 11, 13, and 18, 2015: Discovery Tours

June 11, 2015: FGE Colloquium: "ALEGrO – The First Power Bridges to Belgium“; Dr. Christoph Gehlen, Operation/Project Head Amprion GmbH, Dortmund; 6pm, Hörsaal EA, Schinkelstraße 6

June 22 to 25, 2015: 6th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG2015)

June 23 to 25, 2015: 3rd International Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels From Biomass”

June 24, 2015: "Privatissimo: Metaphysics Can Explain Everything.“ Entertaining Exercises for Reviewing the Strange Sciences with Wendelin Haverkamp


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The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact person in the editorial office is Dietrich Hunold. Responsibility is assumed by Renate Kinny.